Vanderbilt Radiology Faculty, Trainees Attend RSNA 2018

Last month, faculty and trainees from the Department of Radiology attended the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2018 Annual Meeting where they presented scientific papers and educational exhibits, and participated in a variety of educational courses. 

Hosted each year at Chicago’s McCormick Place, RSNA brings together more than 50,000 radiologists and health care professionals from around the world for six days of educational programming and networking. The Society reported that more than 1,700 scientific papers, 1,900 education exhibits and 431 education courses were presented at this year’s meeting. Two scientific papers, 11 education exhibits and four education courses were accepted for presentation by Vanderbilt Radiology members. A comprehensive list of Vanderbilt Radiology’s presentations is provided below: 

Scientific Papers

  • Marta Hernanz-Schulman, M.D., Professor of Radiology and Vice Chair of Pediatric Radiology: Image Gently and Rapidly – Elimination of Sedation and Repeat Scans: How Fast is Enough?
  • Jennifer Huang, M.D., MEd, incoming diagnostic radiology (DR) resident: The “Look Ahead” Technique: A Novel Way to Engage Medical Students in the Reading Room with Minimal Disruption to the Preceptor’s Workflow

Education Exhibit

  • Rochelle Andreotti, M.D., Professor of Clinical Radiology: "The ACR Ovarian-Adnexal Reporting and Data System (ORADS): An US Lexicon Training and Testing Module" (Certificate of Merit award)
  • Cara Connolly, M.D., third-year DR resident:
    • MRI as a Problem-Solving tool in Pregnancy Related Uterine Complications
    • A “Pseudo” Review of Musculoskeletal Radiology
    • A "Pseudo" Review of Gastrointestinal and Genitourinary Radiology
  • Janesh Lakhoo, M.D., second-year interventional radiology resident: MR Imaging of the Male Pelvic Floor
  • Virginia Planz, M.D., Assistant Professor of Clinical Radiology:
    • Multi-modality Imaging of Gynecologic Malignancy: What the Radiation Oncologist Needs to Know (Certificate of Merit award)
    • An Illustrated Guide to Obstetrical & Gynecologic Surgical Procedures for Radiologists (Certificate of Merit award)
    • Multi-modality Imaging of Gynecolic Lymphoma: Diagnostic Clues and Mimics
  • Karthik Sundaram, M.D., Ph.D., fourth-year DR resident:
    • A “Pseudo” Review of Neuroradiology
    • MRI as a Problem-Solving tool in Pregnancy Related Uterine Complications
    • Twists and Turns of Upper Abdominal Viscera

Educational Courses

  • Lori Deitte, M.D., Professor of Radiology and Vice Chair of Education: Parental/FMLA Leave in Residency: A Panel Discussion (In Conjunction with the American Association for Women Radiologists)
  • Lucy Spalluto, M.D., Assistant Professor of Radiology: Career Transition Panel
  • Courtney Tomblinson, M.D., Neuroradiology fellow and former Chair of the RSNA Resident and Fellow Committee (RFC): 
    • Welcome: Membership Benefits for Trainees
    • Q&A Closing Remarks

In addition, a number of faculty and trainees were recognized by RSNA for their research, leadership and ongoing commitment to radiology research and education. Sundaram and Sandeep Arora, M.B.B.S., Assistant Professor of Radiology., were awarded RSNA Research & Education Foundation grants, which went into effect earlier this year. Tomblinson and third-year DR resident Courtney Raybon, M.D., were awarded Member-in-Training stipends to attend the meeting as a result of their participation in the RSNA RFC. Raybon was named RFC Chair, succeeding Tomblinson, at this year’s meeting. Second-year DR resident Ryan Adams, M.D., participated in RSNA’s Introduction to Academic Radiology Program. And, lastly, Seth Smith, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Radiology, was presented with the Academy for Radiology and Biomedical Imaging Research Distinguished Investigator Award.  

“I couldn’t be more impressed by the presence our department had at RSNA this year,” said Reed Omary, M.D., M.S., Carol D. and Henry P. Pendergrass Professor and Chair. “From the awards received to the research shared, it’s a real testament to the dedication our faculty and trainees have to advancing the field of radiology.”

In addition to the educational forums at the meeting, several networking opportunities were available to attendees, including the department’s annual RSNA Reception. More than 50 current and former Vanderbilt Radiology faculty and trainees attended the event co-hosted by the Vanderbilt Radiology Society and Vanderbilt Medical Alumni Association

“Our annual reception provides an opportunity for alumni to reconnect with our department,” said Stephanie Kurita, M.D., Assistant Professor of Radiology and Director of Alumni Relations and Development. “It’s an event that many of us look forward to each year while attending RSNA.”  



Karthik Sundaram, M.D., Ph.D. (middle left), poses with fellow Vanderbilt Radiology trainees at one of his three education exhibits presented at RSNA. 


Sandeep Arora, M.B.B.S., poses next to a poster at RSNA recognizing him for receiving a Research Seed Grant.  



Radiology faculty Geoffrey Wile, M.D. (middle), and Katie Davis, D.O. (right), connect at the annual RSNA Reception.